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What caught my eye at Amelia Island Select auction


A 1960 Cadillac Series 62 custom coupe crouches on the lawn at the resort| Bob Golfen photos
A 1960 Cadillac Series 62 custom coupe crouches on the lawn at the resort| Bob Golfen photos

The Amelia Island Select collector-car auction put on by Hollywood Wheels is a two-day affair that spans two sides of the market. Friday’s sale was an all-Porsche event with a wide selection of early cars, competition cars and many 911s.

Today’s auction is more open ended, with a group of around 100 cars and motorcycles ranging from modest entry-level vehicles to desirable customs and cruisers.

I went over to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort where the auctions are being held in a large ballroom. After salivating over some of the terrific Porsche offerings, I checked out what’s coming up for sale today.

Here are my personal favorites:

1952 Hudson Hornet
The Hudson design was called a “step down” because of its lowered chassis, which also made it formidable on NASCAR tracks. This four-door looks sleek in black.
1960 Cadillac Series 62 custom coupe
This bubble top looks super clean with shaved door handles and such, and dig those wire wheels. The interior is light-blue faux ostrich. Now that’s class.
1972 Vespa 150 Sprint scooter
There are four classic Vespa scooters crossing the block, and this one in bright silver is my favorite. I’d look so cosmopolitan.
1954 Buick Skylark convertible
These were very special limited-edition cars built for just a short time. I love the cutaway wheel wells. Great chrome details throughout, especially the fins.
1939 American Bantam Model 60 Speedster
A teensy car that looks part toy and part hot rod. Just don’t call it a clown car. I wouldn’t have a prayer of fitting behind the wheel, but I like it anyway.


Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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